Concussions: Paying the Price

A series of stories on concussions by the Youngstown State University's journalism senior project class

Board members of Turkish-run charter schools won’t answer questions about citizenship or leadership roles

The names of school board members at Ohio’s publicly funded Horizon and Noble charter schools are unlike those on traditional public school boards.

Charter schools must market themselves to survive

Charter, or community schools, in Ohio must market themselves to parents and students in order to survive. The ads promise everything from flexibility, one-on-one teaching, safety and better education to entice parents, potential students.

Idora Park property – 29 years and waiting

Since 1985, the owner of the Idora Park property has promised to develop a City of God on the site. After 29 years, the property sits idle. Now, the owner Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, may ask the community for financial help to kick start the development.

News Outlet/Beacon Journal BOE package wins AP journalism award

The News Outlet, based at Youngstown State University, has once again earned state honors for the journalistic work done by its staff of student reporters.



SEO_Logo Experts try to define what makes a ‘good’ charter school
Charter school advocates and officials in Ohio say the best charter schools have the strong leaders and strong board members.
SOUP-2-WEB First Youngstown SOUP raises $700 for Circle of Friends
Youngstown SOUP, a dinner/micro-grant event, raised $1,000 at its first event to help one community project. The winning project was the Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends. The winner of best soup was Denise Bayer for her Cream of Tomato Basil. The next event is July 27.
Fire-Main Cadets participate in controlled burn of vacant house
Firefighting cadets with the Youngstown Fired Department participated in a controlled burn of a house at the corner of Ford Avenue and Arlington Street, adjacent to the Youngstown State University campus. Residents, businesses and university students were unaware this was a training exercise.
SEO_Logo Newest BOE member has extensive background in education
Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings is the newest member of the Ohio Board of Education. She brings with her a long history in education affairs. She also favors schools partnering with businesses, community officials and parents.
SEO_Logo IRS criteria determines non-profit status for charter schools
The IRS has a list of 74 questions to determine if a charter school qualifies for non-profit, tax-exempt status. As part of a look at school choice by the Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet, 26 of the questions were analyzed in regards to White Hat Management practices showing some possible problems.
NERF-7-WEB NERF wars bring church, community together
Curtis Schaffer, a member of First Christ church in Salem, has two passions: church and NERF guns. He combined both into a project called, “NERFing for Jesus.” Every month since December, about 30 youths gather at a different church in the Salem area to wage a NERF war. The goal is to bring the church and the community together. The group hopes to welcome more churches into the project.
The exterior of the Kress Building on Federal Street, Youngstown still features white-tile terracotta façade and the “Kress” logo. After years of neglect, the building will be torn down to make way for a parking lot. Jessica Mowchan/ Kress building demolition mirrored in other states
The Kress building in Youngstown has a date with a wrecking ball in mid-March. While some cities were able to save their landmark department store buildings, others were not as fortunate. Residents and city officials weigh in on the loss.
Y2010-Logo Life After ‘Youngstown 2010’
Nearly a decade ago, the city of Youngstown was in the midst of finalizing a comprehensive plan that sought to create a bold new vision for the struggling Rust Belt community.
SMITH Ohio Christian University collects public school dollars to teach ‘biblical truth’ as its president and lobbyist sit on state school board
A Christian university in Ohio, whose president sits on the state school board overseeing school curriculum, is offering classes to public high school students at taxpayer expense and teaching courses from a conservative Christian perspective.
JONES Ethics issues on Ohio school board become confrontational
C. Todd Jones, one of the most influential members of the state school board, went on the offense at a board meeting last week, suggesting that if he has ethical problems, so do a lot of other members.


YSU-Board YSU chooses Tressel as next president
Jim Tressel, executive vice president for student success at The University of Akron, has accepted an offer to be the next president of Youngstown State University, where he coached football from 1986 to 2000 before leaving to coach the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Wasser Shroder, Wasser speak to YSU grads at spring commencement May 17
Robert W. Shroder of Catholic Health Partners will be the commencement speaker for spring commencement May 17 at Youngstown State University. Melissa Wasser will address fellow graduates. The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. for undergraduates and 2:30 p.m. for graduate students.
Election-Day-art Elections officials expect light voter turnout at Mahoning Valley polls
Election officials in the Mahoning Valley expect a light turnout of voters, in the 20-percent range, on Election Day, May 6. The exceptions may be in the West Branch School District and in Austintown, where levies are on the ballot.
SOUP-logo SOUP serves up fun, funds for community projects
The first Youngstown SOUP dinner event will be at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave. Attendees will be served soup, salad and bread, and asked to vote on one of five community projects. The money collected from the $5 admission will go to the winner.
Sean Posey, a local historian and professor, spoke with a group of 40 people about the “Past, Present and Future of the South Side” during a gathering April 19 at the Oak Hill Collaborative. He would like to see local institutions become more involved in the city neighborhoods. Job creation is also important. Chris Davidson/ Gathering learns about past, present, future of Youngstown’s South side
Residents in South side of Youngstown say future lies in creating jobs. Roughly 40 people, who live in that area, attended a gathering April 19 at the Oak Hill Collaborative. Sean Posey, an historian and professor, spoke about the South sides, past, present and future.
Noga-1-WEB Some try to restore American dream in Oak Hill
Pure numbers don’t tell the whole story of the Oak Hill neighborhood in Youngstown. The numbers say the area is near death. The residents and officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. say the odds change when you factor in human determination.
YNDC-YSU-WEB YSU students mirror concerns of Youngstown residents
Officials with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. attempted to get a youth perspective on the city’s problems by meeting with students at Youngstown State University. While most city residents are concerned by population loss, YSU students are worried about decreased enrollment.
Covelli-Meeting WEB YNDC promises actions on development plans
Officials at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. spoke to residents April 8 at the Covelli Centre about the assets and concerns of city residents. They also promised to develop a plan and a plan of action for implementation.
YNDC Covelli YNDC’s April 8 meeting to wrap up findings, offer some details
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has scheduled its final informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Covelli Center. The group will recap findings from local neighborhood meetings and offer details on the Neighborhood Conditions Report.
Valley population becoming older, poorer
People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.